Snoop Dogg Says Sports Leagues Should Let Athletes Use Marijuana Instead Of Opioids

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Sports leagues need to stop testing players for marijuana and allow to them to use it as an alternative to prescription opioids, cannabis icon Snoop Dogg said on Monday. During an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live, guest host Stephen A. Smith asked Snoop about the issue—which became an especially hot topic this summer following the suspension of U.S. runner Sha’Carri Richardson from participating in the Olympics over a positive marijuana test. Smith, who is a sports commentator for ESPN, first asked Snoop whether he agreed with him in principle that athletes should avoid using cannabis to avoid being penalized and losing money. “Well, I agree with your position when it comes to the athletes who have commissioners and rules and regulations and tests and things that they have to deal with in their profession that could stifle them from getting their money,” the rapper said.

“Now when I’m speaking to entertainers and people like myself, we don’t have a commissioner, we don’t have none of that,” he continued. Athletes “can hang out with the rappers, but you can’t do what the rappers do because the rapper don’t have ramifications for what they do.” But whether there should even be ramifications for athletes who use cannabis is a different matter, Snoop said. Leagues should relax their marijuana policies “because what happens is a lot of times these athletes take these pills and they get addicted to these pills, and it still doesn’t give them the relief that they need as far as with the pain or whatever they’re going through,” he said. “Through the CBD, through the THC, through the marijuana, through the cannabis, they’re able to find a relaxation and getting the medical treatment that they deserve—without having those later side effects—so I push for that in sports,”…

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